Donald Trump said in a new interview that Speaker Paul Ryan might not want the GOP presidential nominee to win on Nov. 8 because of his own possible White House ambitions.
In an interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas, Trump was asked if the Wisconsin Republican was helping or hurting him.
“Well, I don’t want to be knocking Paul Ryan, I think he could be more supportive to the Republican nominee, we are doing well I think we are gonna win the election,” Trump said ahead of a campaign event in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Asked if Trump thinks Ryan wants him to win, Trump said, “Well, maybe not, because maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn’t know how to win. Maybe just doesn’t know how to win. I mean, who can really know.”
Trump said that he was in Ryan’s “territory” and yet he said “they are all screaming for Trump,” predicting he’s going to do “very well” in the battleground state. The crowds were also screaming against Paul Ryan: at Trump’s Green Bay rally, his supporters reportedly chanted, “Paul Ryan sucks” before the rally began.
In a separate interview with Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron, Trump said the GOP is largely united except “every once in a while, Paul Ryan will stand up and say he disagrees with this or that” such as his claims about there being a “rigged” election.
“Our democracy relies on confidence in election results, and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement over the weekend.
Trump also tweeted about Ryan on Sunday.
On a conference call with members of the House Republican Conference last week, Ryan said that he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him, but he didn’t rescind his endorsement.
CBS News’ Sopan Deb contributed to this report.